Paving the way for better care and a better future…

Closing of Practice as of 7/31/2020

Letter from Dr. Fletcher G Matthews, M.D.

To Our Valued Patients,

I am writing to inform you that I will be closing my practice as of 7/31/20. I would like to thank you for your trust you have given me over the years as your physician. Taking care of your nephrology needs has been an honor for my staff and me. Your continued wellness and health are a priority. It is important that you continue with the appropriate care and establish with a new Nephrologist as soon as possible.

Attached is a medical release form – click here. Your records will be stored at Blue Ridge Nephrology, Dr Paul LaFlam’s office. Please send your release to them. They will be glad to send your records to your new physician.

We apologize for the nature of this letter; it has been a difficult decision for all involved. Below are a few options for continued care:

  • Valley Nephrology Associates – (540) 344-1400 – 2602 Franklin Road SW, Roanoke, VA 24014
  • Blue Ridge Nephrology – (540) 633-5650 – 2900 Lamb Circle #190, Christiansburg, VA 24073
  • Lynchburg Nephrology – (434) 947-3954 – 2901 Langhorne Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501
  • New River Nephrology Associates – (540-381-3750) – 20 Phoenix Blvd. Christiansburg, VA 24073


Do you have a kidney problem?
Do you suffer from high blood pressure or diabetes?
Are you at risk for chronic kidney disease?
Are you a dialysis patient and looking for kidney specialist in Roanoke, Salem or surrounding areas?

The difference at Southwest Virginia Nephrology Medicine, PC is that you will enjoy a great relationship with medical excellence – See our reviews below ….. Our highly educated and experienced multidisciplinary renal team based in Roanoke, VA has a proven track record for improving the kidney health of our patients. We are well qualified to determine the best treatment options to improve your kidney function, and to educate you on how to prevent kidney failure.

OurHealth-Roanoke-New-River-Valleys-2015-Best-Bedside-Manner-Awards-Fin-web-2Our trusted board certified Roanoke kidney doctor, Fletcher Matthews, MD also manages your dialysis process (if required) and guides you in deciding if kidney transplant is a treatment option for you. In the category Nephrology within “The 10th Best Bedside Manner Awards Anniversary Edition”; OurHealth Virginia has awarded the first place for the Roanoke area to Fletcher Matthews, MD of SWVA Nephrology Medicine, PC – click here to view achievement.

We are affiliated with US Renal Care,  Fresenius Kidney Care and DaVita Kidney Care dialysis units that provides superior dialysis services to our patients. Since systemic diseases such high blood pressure and diabetes also affect your kidney adversely, our kidney doctor also specializes in preventing and treating renal damage caused by these whole body diseases.

Southwest Virginia Nephrology Medicine PC is caring and compassionate about your well-being and provides personal attention, friendly service and high quality nephrological care in a relaxed atmosphere.

If you feel you have kidney problems or at risk for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) please call Southwest Virginia Nephrology Medicine at (540) 904-5366 or complete the contact us form (click here). Our unwavering commitment is paving the way for better care and a better future.




We encourage and promote kidney patient education, early kidney disease detection, lifestyle modification and prevention as critical aspects to optimal long-term health and renal disease management. Increased kidney education ensures that you are better -informed about your own kidney health.

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SWVA Nephrology have successfully treated kidney diseases such as: kidney stones, chronic kidney disease, renal failure, chronic urinary tract infections, electrolyte imbalances and other kidney disorders. Our unwavering commitment to you is paving the way for better care and a better future.

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Our priority and commitment to you as kidney patient is a stress free and pleasant experience at SWVA Nephrology in Roanoke. Learn more about new kidney patients; schedule an appointment; lab kidney testing/results; kidney treatment prescription refills; billing, Insurance, office hours and telephone calls.

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– Medical College of Virginia (MD)
– Geisinger Medical Center Residency Internal Medicine
– University of Virginia Fellowship, Nephrology
– American Board Certified Internist of Internal Medicine
– American Board Certified Nephrologist of Internal

Roanoke Kidney Doctor Fletcher Matthews (MD) specializes in nephrology and has extensive experience as a clinical nephrologist in the Roanoke Valley. As kidney specialist he diagnoses, treats, and manages diseases and complications affecting your kidneys. These may include kidney stones, chronic kidney disease, renal failure, chronic urinary tract infections, and other disorders that affect the kidneys.

As a continuing clinical Nephrologist he brought Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and Lewis Gale Medical Center and added nocturnal dialysis first to the New River Valley Dialysis Unit in Radford then to Roanoke.


“Dr. Matthews has been a very caring doctor. Has a lot of compassion and takes time to answer my questions. The staff has been very friendly and takes time to answer questions also and very caring. This has been a very scary trying time for me and coming here has been a blessing and I appreciate this office and staff so much.”
J.M. Roanoke, VA | July 2017
“I think Dr. Matthews is such a great doctor. He is kind and caring when I am in the hospital. He is always the first doctor to come and see me. I RECOMMEND him to everyone.”
M.T. Roanoke, VA | July 2017
“Dr. Matthews and staff go above and beyond to provide excellent care. Have always been able to drop in if necessary. I would not want to see any other nephrologist! Dedicated and knowledgeable.”
F.W. Roanoke, VA | July 2017
“I highly recommend Dr. Matthews on my behalf to anyone for his kind and concern for my health, taken time to explain to me about everything I wanted to know. Also the staff and nurses were wonderful. I would refer him to anyone. Thanks for everything!”
G.T. Floyd, VA | May 2017
“AMAZING. I have been a nephrology (kidney) patient for 30 years and now I feel that I have a Dr. who takes an interest in me. Not Going Anywhere Else! “
B.M. Lynchburg, VA | Jun 2016
“I personally would highly recommend Southwest Virginia Nephrology Dr. Fletcher Matthews, as I feel like a person not a number. I have been with another nephrology group in the valley and the care and treatment with that group could not compare.”
S.M.K. Roanoke, VA | Mar 2016
“Dr. Matthews has gotten my blood pressure lowered when no one else could. I have been very pleased with the care I have received.”
T.O. Roanoke, VA | Jan 2016
“Gifted doctor!!! Dr. Fletcher Matthews is a gifted doctor of diverse extra-ordinary skills…who can turn-around a “stubborn” patient (like my husband) who doesn’t want to see a doctor whom he can’t trust. … Dr. Fletcher Matthews to be a “miracle” nephrologist!! Thank you, Dr. Matthews. Be proud of your honesty and professionalism.”
Sonya | Aug 2013
“Great Doctor!. I had massive heart attack. Was flown to Roanoke VA. Doctor Fletcher took care of me… He made me comfortable and put me at peace I wasn’t scared anymore. He explained everything to my husband and I… I trusted him with my life. I highly recommend him were ever he goes.”
Donna & Eddie fortune | Aug 2013
“Brilliant and a miracle doctor!!! Dr. Matthews is a brilliant, compassionate, and caring physician. He takes care of his patients and loved by his patients who understood him for what he believes is for the betterment of his patients. He is straightforward and always gives the right diagnosis… Your healing hands are truly a miracle and a gift!!!!”
Satisfied patient | Jun 2013
“I just wanted to thank Dr. Matthews for doing all he could for my dad. He never gave up on him and he never lost the compassion. We lost dad May 28, 2016 but not due to Dr. Matthews ever giving up. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Our family will never forget all you did for dad. God bless you now and always.”
Thank you C.W. Covington, VA | Jan 2017
“Dr Matthews got through to me, when no other physicians could. My A1C has dropped from a 9 to 6.7 in a 3 month period! I have lost weight and feel better than I have in years! The diabetic neuropathy in my feet from the diabetes has resolved. Dr Matthews is awesome!!! Thank you for all your care and concern for me and my health.”
P.B. Salem, VA | April 2017
“I am grateful for Dr. Matthews honesty and directness. Follow his recommendations! He is brilliant and excellent kidney specialist in Southwest Virginia.”
Donna & Eddie | Aug 2013
“I am a long term patient of Dr. Fletcher Matthews going back around 15 years. He was always a good man and a wonderful doctor. He gives his patients plenty of time for asking questions and honest, open info so I can be part of my own well-being.”
T.W. Roanoke, VA | July 2017
“Before visiting Dr. Matthews I had lost hope. I have been feeling bad for quite a while. My cardiologist made an appointment with Dr. Matthews… His interest and receiving relief after a stint was placed in left kidney. I felt relief immediately. Feeling better are words however I do feel BETTER. Thank you is not enough.”
M.F. Boones Mill, VA | July 2017
“The best doctor I’ve ever visited, hands down. Won first place in Roanoke Nephrologist’ bedside manner award recently. Very thorough. Five plus stars!!!”
M Hylton | Feb 2017
“He’s a very good doctor. I moved to the Roanoke area last year and had to get all new doctors. He listens well and take good care of me.”
G.I. Roanoke, Virginia | February 2019
“I have been so pleased with the outstanding care and the compassion of Dr. Fletcher Matthews. Ever since I began seeing him, my health issues have disappeared. He takes time to patiently answer all my questions and concerns. Skillfully and effectively he helped to fix my kidney issues. I would strongly recommend him to anyone seeking a nephrologist.”
S.S. Virginia | November 2018
“I am pleased with the dedication of Dr Matthews and dealing with my disease. He’s very caring and always there for you, when needed. Spend 7 days in Lewis Gale and he was there every morning to make changes needed and get things correct. Would highly recommend him to be your doctor.”
C.B. Rocky Mt. Virginia | November 2018
“Dr. Matthews was assigned to me in the ER at Lewis Gale Hospital (May 30, 2017). I have appreciated his knowledge and attitude. He was on top on one of my problems with sodium.”
R.M. Roanoke, VA |October 2018
“One of the best doctors I ever had. Best bedside manner and explaining things to understand.”
L.E. West Virginia | May 2018
“Staff friendly and efficient. Dr. Matthews is very kind and intelligent.”
C.C. Roanoke VA | May 2018
“Dr. Matthews is great! I would recommend him to anyone.”
V.C. West Virginia | May 2018
“Like his attitude and his way of giving information.”
L.F. Salem, VA | May 2018
“Dr. Matthews, in my opinion, is a very knowledgeable individual. He knows his profession and likewise his patients. He is also very patient and polite to his patients. “
A.D. Vinton, VA | April 2018
“Since coming to see Dr. Matthews, my health has improved 100% Dr Matthews has a great beside manner.”
L.N. Roanoke, VA | March 2018
“Dr. Matthews is very thorough, listens and answers all the questions to you have. He mannerism is great. Nice Man. His staff is great!! “
M.M. Moneta, VA | February 2018

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Disclaimer: Prospective kidney patients may not perceive the same experience or obtain similar results